Prior to coming to Penang, we’d never actually heard of Thaipusam. This festival – also spelt as Thaipoosam – is a festival celebrated by the Hindu Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. In 2018, this happens to fall over the 3 days of Jan 30 through to Feb 1.
For much more on the festival, it’s history and more information of cultural detail, check out the Wikipedia page on Thaipusam. But here, and now? Photos and Videobelow, starting with a 90-second clip. Pictures in no particular order.